“Hunches” by Friends of Italian Opera

My band, Friends of Italian Opera, just released their first single, “Hunches”, recorded with Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine) at Soma Studios in Chicago.

You can listen to the song here.

Our first studio album is coming this summer.

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“Resist the Tide” by Cynthia Hopkins


Resist the Tide
Cynthia Hopkins
The Truth: A Tragedy (2010)

Thomas Jefferson on Travel

Travel makes men wiser, but less happy. When men of sober age travel, they gather knowledge, which they may apply usefully for their country; but they are subject ever after to recollections mixed with regret; their affections are weakened by being extended over more objects; and they learn new habits which cannot be gratified when they return home.

Young men, who travel, are exposed to all these inconveniences in a higher degree, to others still more serious, and do not acquire that wisdom for which a previous foundation is requisite, by repeated and just observations at home. The glare of pomp and pleasure is analogous to the motion of the blood; it absorbs all their affection and attention, they are torn from it as from the only good in this world, and return to their home as to a place of exile and condemnation.

Their eyes are forever turned back to the object they have lost, and its recollection poisons the residue of their lives

- Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Peter Carr, 1787

“You’re a Big Girl Now” by Bob Dylan


You're a Big Girl Now
Bob Dylan
Blood On the Tracks (1974)

“I Break Horses” by Smog


I Break Horses
Accumulation: None (2002)

For Your Precious Love


For Your Precious Love
Otis Redding
The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads (1965)



As my good English pal Andrew will attest, don’t ever place World Cup bets against me.

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“Rill Rill” by Sleigh Bells


Rill Rill
Sleigh Bells
Treats (2010)

“Smile” by K’naan


The Dusty Foot Philosopher (2006)

“Johnny Mathis’ Feet” by American Music Club


Johnny Mathis' Feet
American Music Club